Greetings Ladies,

November flew by and we have plenty of news to share with you for the last E-newsletter of 2021. Now put the kettle on, make a warm drink and settle down quietly to enjoy reading our roundup of all the exciting activities that have taken place during the last month. Make sure you add the dates to your diary of upcoming events.

The hiking group rounded off their Tuesday hikes with a celebratory lunch and are now preparing for the ski season ahead.
Our Fit n’ Fun group keeps going all winter – they are a hardy bunch and produce the most amazing photography of their days outside in the fresh air.
The Art Appreciation group visited the new Arts district where the Cantonale Museum of Fine Arts is located right by the train station, aptly called ‘Platforme 10’ where they were stimulated by viewing and discussing contemporary art, often a thought-provoking subject.
Free Spirits were at a bread museum learning new culinary skills and the Dinner Club is so popular it now has two monthly meet-ups.
The wine meet-up in Lutry was another merry evening and is now a regular event.
Vevey Cookery group was introduced to Haggis and a Scottish gentleman wearing a kilt – Roy from Falkirk nonetheless, who is destined to become a TikTok hit with his “Address to a Haggis”. Remember you saw him first at the IWC!

A special mention goes to the Garden Club. Ruth Rezzonico hosted a wonderful afternoon at her delightfully interesting home with Patricia Salzman at the helm demonstrating nine different Christmas-themed floral displays. We have such talent amongst our members and we are so glad that you share your talent with us in such interesting ways – Patricia you are a truly inspiring woman!
For those of you who missed last month’s speaker ‘La Chocolatiere’, you will have the opportunity to purchase her handmade chocolates, as she will be attending our Christmas Fair.
At the recent AGM, we made a plea for volunteers to come forward. We are happy to announce that you listened and here are our new volunteers!

ADVERTISING – Amy Mahon and Alesia Klein, both new members and full of energy.
FRENCH Conversation (Beginners – Intermediate) – Sophie Guillemin and Brigitte Loones, both new members and native French speakers.
GERMAN Conversation (Beginners – Intermediate) – Bettina Rickmers, again a new member and native German speaker.
AUDITOR – Caroline Sykes, who is a qualified accountant, has offered her services as our Auditor. Many of you know Caroline as she has contributed to the IWC in many roles, previously as our VP and more recently as Garden Club Leader.

A huge thank you to all of you for stepping up and volunteering for your club; you are all setting great examples and we trust you will find your roles rewarding.
Stepping down, after three years of volunteering in the Webmaster role is Vrushali Kelker, who has done a magnificent job, and therefore we extend our gratitude for her dedication to the club. Vrushali has handed the role over to Heidi Bezzant, who is also our Office Manager and general superwoman!

We would like to welcome new members Neepa Reagan and Sandra Rodriguez Egger to our club. I’m sure they’ll agree that they have made a good choice joining a very active club.

Our Christmas Fair is just around the corner on FRIDAY 3rd DECEMBER 2021. ​ This is a COVID certificate event and we kindly request that you wear a mask in the clubhouse unless you are seated drinking and eating. You still have time to donate your baking – sweet or savoury delights and drop it off at the clubhouse, preferably on the afternoon of Thursday 2nd December.
All the money raised from this event will be going towards our charity MalleyPrairie. The charity donations are coming in from all activity groups, however, we still have a long way to go and we will continue to raise money for this worthwhile charity until June 2022. Thank you to everybody who has donated so far – your donations will make a huge difference to the people who need them the most.
On behalf of the entire Board, we wish all our members a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Jennifer & Gill


The IWC Executive Board has agreed that during all IWC activities and events our members should be following the FOPH (Federal Office of Public Health) measures & regulations to help contain the coronavirus.

There are various measures in place, lastly updated from 13th of September, 2021 and we will publish any future changes to the FOPH measures on our Facebook page, additionally, we will write to all Activity leaders keeping them informed.


Updated FOPH Measures
A reminder that all our indoor activities and events require a Covid certificate.



CLUBHOUSE CHRISTMAS FAIR on Friday 3rd December 2021.
10:30 – 3:00 pm

Please join us with your fellow members and friends for an exchange of Christmas cheer in the festive season.
We are delighted to offer you tea + coffee along with homemade cakes and cookies.
Come along to find an interesting offering of handmade gifts, Christmas decorations, and jewellery. Shari Ryder and Marion Schafer, who are our IWC Charity Team organisers, are planning a tempting charity table. Please support them in raising funds for Fondation MalleyPrarie.

Don’t miss out on doing some early Christmas shopping as we have an exciting group of vendors lined up this year.
Handmade Christmas Decorations from Alessandra’s Treasure Trove
Delicious Greek Honey from Barbara Giraud
Lavender scented products from Kathy’s Love of Lavender
Handmade chocolates from La Chocolatiere
The famous cakes from Carmen Vivacqua
Handcrafted Jewellery from SwissBlue
Handmade household textiles from Artisanatfeminin
Art from Jennifer and Cards from Anne
IWC cards from Patricia
Norwegian Christmas decorations from Kari
Handmade Jewellery from Shari Ryder.


This is a COVID certificate event and we kindly request that you wear a mask in the clubhouse unless you are seated drinking and eating. You do not need to sign up to come, just show up and bring your family & friends (and your certificate!)

We are looking forward to seeing all of you and sharing some good cheer at this lovely festive time of the year.
The IWC Christmas Fair Team.



“Free masterclass “Face yoga” for IWC members”

When: FRIDAY DECEMBER 10th 2021 from 9:30 till 12:00.
Where: in the big upstairs room IN the IWC Clubhouse:

A few words about Doris Oberholzer of Just D.O Face Yoga, who is a Certified FACE YOGA method teacher, but also a Certified Chakra Healing Technician of the Body Mirror System by Fr. Brofman Foundation for the Advancement of Healing.

In addition to numerous diplomas and recognized certifications in cosmetology, applied nutrition, and culinary sciences, as well as a master in Project Management PMP, Doris is the founder of “Just Do Face Yoga” and the creator of the unique “CAPITALJEUNESSE Method”, the Ultimate Natural Holistic Rejuvenation Program.

We will enjoy the discovery of Doris’s Method in an interactive and participative Masterclass, after a welcome with coffee, tea, and cakes at the IWC Clubhouse in Lausanne.
The theme of the Masterclass :
"Activate your Power of Transformation >> or how to look and feel 10 years younger”.
With the three steps formula :
·       REVERSE the aging process
·       REGENERERATE at the cell level
·       REINFORCE durably
Doris Oberholzer
Tél : +41 76 579 22 97
You will find more information on Doris’s website:
Note: So that we are prepared for you, and can ensure that coffee, tea, cakes, etc. are ready, please send an email to  before Wednesday, December 8th. This is not mandatory but we would like to know in advance how many members love to participate in this exciting event!

It will also be possible to attend the meeting via zoom, the relevant link will be sent out to the community closer to the day.
This is a COVID certificate event, so please bring your certificate!
Doris is very excited and looking forward to meeting you all!
Lidy Lakerveld
IWC Event-coordinator.

Special announcement for an exciting upcoming event in the spring of 2022.

IWC has invited Mr. Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, ex-CEO of the Nestle Group in Vevey to have a conference about his new book “Ascensions” in the Spring of next year. Originally the book “Ascensions” is written in French. Our IWC’s legal officer Mr. Alexander J. (Sasha) Kemball got the job to translate the book into the English language.
To be fully prepared for this exciting upcoming IWC event with Mr. Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, members may want to read the book in advance. The French version of the book “Ascensions” is already available in bookstores and online in Switzerland. The English version is sadly not available for sale in Switzerland. Mr. P. Brabeck’s personal assistant wants to help IWC members to order the book through the publisher, so that means placing a pre-order.
IWC members who are interesting to buy/read the English version of the book “Ascensions” are most welcome to send an email to  Please, give us your name before Wednesday, December 15th, 2021. IWC will then collect all your names and place a single order with the publisher for you. The book “Ascensions" will cost around CHF 35, excl. any delivery fees.
If you struggle to find an original gift for the Holiday Season this year, then the book “Ascensions” might be your solution!
Happy Holidays,
Lidy Lakerveld
IWC Event coordinator.

Hello Ladies, 
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the groups who have already raised money to support Malley Prairie Foundation, your efforts are very much appreciated. 

Don’t forget to drop in and see us at the Christmas fair, it’s a fantastic way to get into the spirit of the festive season and meet up with friends old and new.

Wishing everyone a wonderfully magical Christmas from the Charity Team.


Membership Matters corner – news, views, and welcoming new members.
As only about 50% of our members have requested access to our Member’s Only Facebook page.
We attach a couple of photos for those who have not requested access. 
Please note that to request access please contact


New member Coffee Morning
On Tuesday 2nd November we organised a special coffee morning for new members.  As you can see from the pictures our IWC members are excellent bakers and these occasions are not to be missed!


Please welcome more new members:
Neepa Reagan

My husband, Sean, and I have moved to Pully Switzerland from Michigan, the USA for his job. He works at Garrett Motion. I am a retired Anesthesiologist.  I have two children both currently enrolled in Universities in the US.  We have two Labradoodles that have also moved with us from the U.S.  We are excited to be living here to be able to travel around Europe and have friends and family visit.


Meg Hamilton

Hi, I’m Meg Hamilton, and I’m so happy to be re-joining IWC!  My husband and I and our two sons lived in La Croix sur Lutry from 2008-12, and we feel very lucky that his career with Nestle is giving us the second chapter in Switzerland, this time as empty-nesters.  Now we live in Clarens, and I’m happily getting to know the Riviera area.  I teach Pilates and Gyrotonic and am studying to become a Jungian analyst.  In my free time, I love to cook, read and hike.  I look forward to being much more involved with IWC now that my children are grown, and am also looking forward to meeting you all soon! 


Sandra Rodriguez Egger

My name is Sandra Rodriguez and I am Swiss/Peruvian. We just came back from Philadelphia after almost ten beautiful years there. I am the mother of two teenagers that decided to come back to their home country to pursue their gymnase/college studies. Before this ex-pat experience, I lived in Neuchatel for many years, always travelling around Europe, Central & South America. I am a professional translator and have experience in event planning, project management, and especially in being a full-time Mom for many years ;-)
I enjoy Zumba, hiking, meeting people, learning about new cultures, and being outdoors as much as I can. I look forward to meeting you soon!

Bettina Rickmers

Hi, my name is Bettina Rickmers. I moved with my husband Andreas to La Tour-de-Peilz in September. This is our second time living in beautiful Switzerland. We returned from our home country Germany, where we lived for the past 5 years.
Prior to this, during our 20 years of expat-live, we lived in the UK, South Africa, Ukraine, and Geneva. We have three adult children, one daughter, and two sons which are now spread all over the world.
I am an engineer of agriculture and specialize in plants, which are still my big interest. Apart from that, I did many kinds of volunteer work: supporting local projects like schools, gardening, hospice work.
I am very happy and thankful that we are back in this beautiful part of Europe with the lake and the mountains. I am looking forward to joining many of the possible activities in summer and winter. I enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, and tennis as well as reading, baking, and knitting.
I am very happy that I was already able to join the tennis group and look forward to meeting many more members and new friends through the club!


The Prize Draw! 

The prize draw for 2021-2022 (for a year from 1st June 2021 - 31st May 2022) will take place at the Board Meeting in early June 2022.  Those of you who recruit new members will have your names in the hat for the bottle of champagne. Good Luck!
So come on ladies, please think which of your friends might like to join and get your name in the hat too!

Your ideas for recruiting new members

The IWC membership has fluctuated over the years.  For the 2020/2021 club year, we finished the year with 248 members.  A total of 33 members are not renewing for 2021-2022. 
Our membership is currently back up to 230.  We would like to recruit some more members and we would love to hear from you with your ideas as to how best to achieve this goal.  Many of you will have worked in other associations and may have some good ideas to put forward. 

Please contact us at

Social Media
Dear members,
In order to make it easier for everyone to use social media manager, Kanika Khatter has put together a step-by-step guide on
how to post on our IWC Facebook page. 
By clicking here you can learn how to get a lot savvier with Facebook!!

In order to make it easier to post on the club's Instagram account, Kanika has put together a guide for this as well. To access this please click here

All log-in details for the IWC Facebook page and the IWC webpage can be found in the IWC Guidebook for 2021-2022.




For the club year 2021-2022, our co-Librarians Rosemarie and Leng will be delighted to welcome you
either at a mutually convenient time (to be fixed via our email address),
or the traditional first Wednesday of the month (kindly confirm beforehand)

This was one of the most difficult groups to restart after covid restrictions but thanks to our enthusiastic leader Gill we are finally now singing as a group again.

Come and join us for an enthusiastic singalong - no previous experience needed!

Please call Linda Dyson for details (076 390 12 80)

Out2Lunch Bunch 


Tuesday 14th December 2021
Brasserie Bavaria

Rue du Petit-Chêne 10, 1003, Lausanne,

For our last outing of the year, exceptionally held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, I propose one of Lausanne’s oldest restaurants, established in 1881 and recently completely renovated, very centrally situated just off Place St-Francois. 

The Brasserie Bavaria was well known for its lively atmosphere, beers, wines, and delicious choucroute, among other hearty dishes. It feels just right for cold December weather and then. Xmas shopping is just a few steps away!

**COVID rules for restaurants:

  • Covid certificate + identification document
  • Mandatory mask except when seated 

**Strict Maximum of 12 for the reservation.

**Please rsvp on Friday 10th December latest

**To ease payment of the bill at the end, each person will be responsible for paying for what they order.


As December is a very busy month for most of us and there are already many Club activities scheduled, including the Christmas Fair, the Art Appreciation Activity Group will take a short break and be back in January!
We wish you all very Happy Holidays!



Join us for Christmas Wine Tasting in Lavaux on Tuesday 7th December at 6.30 pm at Domaine de Daley, Lutry

I need a Sign Up of participation by each person going, sent to me by Email ( before 3 Dec 2021 so we have numbers and how many food platters we need to order.

Price PP: CHF 16.- for 3 wines with crispy flûtes. CHF 14.-  for a plate of freshly cut dried meats and local cheese. They will not take credit cards but cash or Twint payment will be accepted. 
Friends of IWC are very welcome! Recommended to car share so you can nominate a driver!

The Fire will be lit, Christmas cheer abounds and a visit to the Wine cellars guaranteed!


The winter tennis is starting at FairPlay tennis centre on Thursday 30th September and will continue each Thursday with a break at Christmas until 14th April 2022. 

For more information please contact Anne Guyot

We have good news for those at a more elementary level of French who would like to spend some time with a couple of our francophone members who have agreed to host French conversation sessions at the clubhouse!
Sophie Guillemin & Brigitte Loones, both French and new IWC members will provide French-language conversation sessions.
Sophie will offer Wednesday sessions from 14:00 - 15:30 and Brigitte will offer Thursday sessions from 13:30 - 15:00. You can come to either or both sessions, as fits your schedule! The ladies will develop a sign-up system to make sure space limits aren't exceeded, and Covid passes are required.

If you responded to a previous FB posting about this, we have your name on the list already, but if you've not yet responded, please email Sophie and Brigitte at the following IWC address:
The first sessions will be held on Wednesday, January 5, and Thursday, January 6.
Those signing up will hear directly from Sophie and Brigitte in the coming days, as they get organized for the new adventure they'll be offering you in the new year.

Many thanks to Sophie and Brigitte for their generosity in offering their time and expertise to fellow IWC members.
Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

We're very happy to announce that Bettina Rickmers, native German speaker, has offered to attend the German group's meetings on Fridays at the club, twice monthly, to help them with their German conversation.

We're grateful to Bettina for sharing her time with the eager German speakers. If you want to contact Bettina to ask about this offer, you can reach her at

Do you enjoy practicing your French? Meeting new people? If you are a perfectly fluent English speaker, please join us for a Language Exchange with our French-speaking equivalents of Lausanne Accueil! 

Join us on Thursday, December 9 from 2:00-3:30 pm at the Club (Covid Certificate required).

We will match you up one-on-one with French speakers so all speakers of conversational French are welcome! It’s always a lot of fun—don’t be shy and miss out!

Please sign up by sending an email to  There are only 6 spots available on a first-come, first-served basis for English speakers (French speakers need to be members of Lausanne Accueil and sign up through their website).

Hope to see you there!

Exploring Vaud by bike with IWC-Lausanne

We are suspending the bike rides for the winter - look for us again in April! But... join us for cross-country skiing this winter !❄ Email me (Bettina) at if you would like to touch base.

Cross-Country Skiing

We are underway organizing our cross-country ski outings - it is exciting to see so many people expressing interest! We should have a great mix of classic-style and skating-style skiers from complete beginner to intermediate/advanced skill level. 
If you are interested, email me (Bettina) at

* We are forming some groups for those who would like to take (one or more) lessons to get started. This might not be on Thursdays, so if you are interested in cross-country skiing but can't make Thursdays, feel free to email me to find out more.


The 1st and 3rd Thursdays fall on December 2 and 16. If tracks aren't open yet on December 2, we'll try instead on December 9th. This month, we are likely (depending on conditions) to explore the groomed tracks at Mollendruz and at Marchairuz. Over the following months, we'll venture out to the other cross-country ski areas in the vicinity.


Winter is coming & the snow too. We can’t wait!

We plan to ski weekly on Tuesdays hopefully from 11th January onwards through to April.
Come along & enjoy skiing the mountains with us. We have a great time. 

For further information & to be added to our mailing list  please contact us
Jane Miners  0795499529  or Judy Lister   076 615 37 25 



In principle we are walking every Monday afternoon, weather permitting! 

Although many of our group members have now received their 2 injections we still need to exercise caution.  Social distancing should still be observed during our walks.  Please feel free to wear your mask if you would feel more comfortable. We will continue to concentrate on walks where the path is wide enough to allow the 1.5 metres between us and room to pass others safely.
Group members watch out for a WhatsApp message before 10.00 each Monday morning.  Normally we meet at 14.00   If there is no official walk on a particular day members can always use WhatsApp to contact each other and arrange their own walk and meeting point.  Have fun!

Potential new members should contact us by clicking on the button below.


Fit and Fun are planning to take a short break in our program of walks in the early part of January. 
As the weather permits, we will resume, later in the month, with winter-appropriate options. These may include some snow-shoe outings. If being outdoors in the winter is your passion, please sign up for our mailing list. We normally walk for 2.5- 4 hrs with walks of differing gradients and difficulty! 

Best wishes for the festive season from the Fit and Fun team.


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La Côte International School Aubonne hosts its next Virtual Open Day on Monday, December 13th at 11:00

Buying or selling a home, happy to help you.
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Garden Design & Coach
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Lausanne (LSN)
Lausanne area coffee meetup: we will be moving from the first *Monday* of the month to the first *Wednesday* of the month in order to reduce conflicts with other IWC events. Please join us at the Lausanne Palace ( Rue du Grand-Chêne 7-9) at the back of the hotel lobby on Wednesday, December 1, from 14:00 to 15:30. No need to RSVP and all are welcome!

West Riviera (WR)
The West Riviera (WR) Area group meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month at the 
Restaurant du Port de Pully, Pully at 9:30. Contact

La Cote (LC)

There will be no coffee meet-up in December. We are looking forward to seeing you again on Wednesday, January 19th

Lavaux/Riviera (LR)

The LR coffee group will this month meet on Wednesday, December 1st instead of on a Friday due to the IWC Christmas Fair. The time and place will be as usual from 9.30 -11.00 at the Astra Hotel in Vevey, opposite the Vevey station. Weather permitting outside, if not, inside but with proof of a Covid vaccination and an identity card.

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